Good Alumni Mentors are
- Available, accessible and consistent
- Prompt and reliable
- Compassionate and supportive
- Good listeners and confidants
- Encouragers, friends, guides and coaches
- Positive role-models
To have a successful mentoring experience, Alumni Mentors should
- Discuss and establish your expectations and your Student Mentee’s expectations/needs
- Set a measurable SMART Goal with Student Mentee(s)
- Revisit Student Mentee goal and expectations monthly to ensure that he/she is on track
- Communicate weekly with Student Mentee(s) and meet according to the Mentor UPP schedule
- Work at building a positive, professional relationship
- Encourage and challenge Student Mentee(s) to explore options and possibilities
- Provide information and resources to Student Mentee(s)/offer suggestions and feedback
- Complete the online application
- Review the materials and/or view the online Mentor Video Orientation
- Set expectations with your Student Mentee(s) at your first meeting
- Assist Student Mentee(s) in setting one SMART Goal after your first meeting
- Interact with Student Mentee(s) according to the Mentor UPP Schedule
- Complete the monthly Check In Reports (one for each mentee)
Goal setting with Student Mentee(s): (Set one SMART Goal)
- S – Specific – Have your mentee write a concise statement of the goal by stating what they wish to achieve and the expected outcome.
- M – Measurable – Work with your mentee to determine how to measure the goal or outcome so they know when the goal has been accomplished. Goals can be quantitative and/or qualitative.
- A – Attainable – The goals must be within the mentee’s skill set and knowledge level with appropriate resources available.
- R – Relevant – The goals should contribute to mentee’s personal growth.
- T – Time specified – Goals should have a deadline and not be open-ended. Goals can change so they can be modified with a new deadline if needed.